BOXED at the PEAR THEATRE & MINNESOTA FRINGE
Obsessed with a French movie which eerily mirrors her life, Suze has concocted an extravagant system of boxes to keep her sane. But Mormons, illness, and boxes have a way of biting back, no matter what you do.
BOXED was featured in the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival, a solo show about a woman struggling to take control of her life with the only thing she has on hand: lots and lots of boxes. BOXED was directed by Michael Sally. The festival took place July 31 through August 10, 2014.
In 2016, a reworked version of BOXED (now a two-women show) was produced at the Pear Theatre. It was performed by and Mylissa Malley and me, and directed by Kathryn Han.
Photo by Mari Amend.
But there are some things even the Internet can't find for you. There are some things you still need people for."
VOTING POOL, a 10 minute piece, was presented by the Playwright's Center of San Francisco for their PlayOffs! Festival in March 2016. VOTING POOL was written in reaction to the Syrian refugee crisis: Three people are stranded at sea. A fourth arrives, seeking assistance. How do we deal with strangers? How do we treat our own friends?
RILEY: Why are you in the ocean?
FRAMED AT THE FIX
It’s 1926, and time to get a wiggle on at Frankie’s Fix, everyone’s favorite juice joint. It’s just another night to put on your glad rags and have a swell time, until someone is bumped off. Now the coppers are here, putting a wrench in the evening. Whether you’re on the lam or on the level, you’ll have to decide if you’ll dry up, double cross, or spill the beans. Get to the bottom of it all and don’t get left holding the bag.
FRAMED AT THE FIX, an interactive murder mystery show, was produced at the Dragon Theatre in 2016. It was the flagship show of The Clue Collective, of which I am a founding member.
MY LITTLE BIG BROTHER
In a not too distant future, Hasbro is following the NSA's lead: the company spies on their customers, and their customer's imaginary pony friends. What's more, Hasbro is planning to make big bucks out of it.
MY LITTLE BIG BROTHER, performed by me in May 2014, was included in All Terrain Theater's festival "Women in Solodarity: Digital Love," which is part of the Home Theater Festival at large.
Poster by Cody Rishell.
"No, I didn't steal that from an Internet article. (pause) I paraphrased it."
Facing the inevitable heat death of the universe, Kate does everything in her power not to be forgotten.
Staged reading directed by Jill Harrison with dramaturgy by James Magruder. Done as part of my Playwrighting Honors Thesis at Swarthmore College in November 2012. More information on Swarthmore's play page. You can also read about the play in Swarthmore's Phoenix and Daily Gazette, with articles by the wonderful Jeannette Leopold and Abby Holtzman:
Apocalyptic Playwriting Thesis "All-One" Premiers Before World's End by Jeannette Leopold
Naylor's Playwriting Thesis "All-One!" Complete with Comedy, Existential Dread, and Sheep by Abby Holtzman
A Tale Of Two Theses by Jeannette Leopold
Poster courtesy Swarthmore College.
"MAY: You are actually afraid of sheep.
In 2009 I wrote, directed and co-produced a full-length production titled TRANSLATION TRANSUBSTANTIATION at Blank Slate Theatre.
Lucy wakes up one day to find herself in a strange, abstract world. Dazed and confused, she meets her guardian angel. Soon, the two of them begin and epic search for God. This comedic work delves into the crazed minds of everyday people searching for truth, religion, and what's right in a world that is just...not right.
BLANK SLATE THEATRE
I collaborated on three plays which were later produced by the Blank Slate Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota: DISORDERED [THY NAME IS TEENAGER] (2009), THE KAREN PROJECT (2009), and GENERATIONS (2008). DISORDERED was awarded "Outstanding Achievement - Queer Youth Issues in Theater" by Lavender Magazine. You can read more about the plays at Blank Slate Theatre's season page.